Following the postponement of Wednesday's WNBA contests to address the shooting of Wisconsin Black man Jacob Blake, the WNBA has also decided to cancel Thursday's slate of games.
Combined, the back-to-back days of postponements has affected every team.
WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike, who is in the bubble playing for the Los Angeles Sparks, said that the past two days were used as a chance to regroup, refocus and for reflection. Ogwumike spoke to ESPN's Holly Rowe on a SportsCenter special along with other members of the players association. They announced they intend on resuming play with the games that are scheduled for Friday.
"The players of the WNBA used today to reflect, This is not a strike. This is not a boycott. This is a day of action," Ogwumike said.
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After Wednesday's postponements, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said that she wanted both the players to have a strong platform together while also playing basketball.
During the SportsCenter special, all the players who were not a part of the discussion stood in solidarity with shirts that said, "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor."
WNBA players standing together united after today's announcement of games being postponed ❤️ pic.twitter.com/d9MXiQXNZC— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 27, 2020
Going forward, the players intend on the break to serve as a renewed commitment to why the WNBPA chose to play this season. In addition to dedicating the year to Breonna Taylor and the 'Say Her Name' campaign, they also want their platform to be amplified to help end police brutality.
The WNBA intends on making up the postponed games and those will be announced at a later time.
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